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Italy Set to Raise Costa Concordia

Unprecedented salvage operation will begin tomorrow
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 15, 2013 9:03 AM CDT
Italy Set to Raise Costa Concordia
Tow boats sail past the Costa Concordia ship as it lies on its side near the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.   (Andrew Medichini)

(Newser) – Authorities have given the final go-ahead for a daring attempt tomorrow to pull upright the crippled Costa Concordia cruise liner from the waters off Tuscany where it capsized 20 months ago. Italy's national Civil Protection agency waited until sea and weather conditions were forecast for dawn tomorrow before giving the OK. In a statement today, the Civil Protection agency said conditions indicated it was all right to undertake the operation. Never before have engineers tried to right such a huge ship so close to land. If the operation succeeds, the Concordia will be towed and broken up for scrap. (Read more Costa Concordia stories.)

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